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How does economic integration influence employment and wages in border regions? The case of the EU-enlargement 2004 and Germany’s eastern border

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  • Nils Braakmann

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  • Alexander Vogel

    () (Institute of Economics, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)

Abstract

This paper considers the (short run) employment and wage effects of the 2004 EUenlargement on firms located close to Germany’s Eastern border. We use a 50% sample of Germans plants and apply difference-in-differences-estimators combined with a matching approach. We evaluate changes in total employment, the employment shares of low-skilled and Eastern European workers and the wages for low-skilled, skilled and high-skilled workers in various sectors. Our results suggest negative (short-run) effects of the EU-enlargement on employment in construction and the business services sector, where we also find negative wage effects. Wages and employment in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants and social and personal service activities seem to have been relatively less affected.

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  • Nils Braakmann & Alexander Vogel, 2009. "How does economic integration influence employment and wages in border regions? The case of the EU-enlargement 2004 and Germany’s eastern border," Working Paper Series in Economics 142, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
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    1. Fries, Jan, 2014. "Age and skill bias of trade liberalisation? Heterogeneous employment effects of EU Eastern Enlargement," ZEW Discussion Papers 14-113, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    EU-enlargement; economic integration; employment; wages;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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